paul-holmes-red-chairA week after being knighted at his Hawkes Bay home, Sir Paul Holmes is back in hospital.

The veteran broadcaster is in Hawke’s Bay Hospital in a stable condition.

His family have gathered in the region to be with him.

“The family have gathered in Hawkes Bay to be close to Paul, however, request privacy at this time and will be making no comment to the media,” a statement from his wife Lady Deborah Holmes and his brother Ken said.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Grey’s Anatomy: 33820 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 26110 (TV2, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Private Practice: 23080 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Percy Jackson & The Lightning: 20680 (TV3, 8:00pm – 10:15pm)
  5. Medium: 15540 (TV3, 10:45pm – 11:40pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 602,580 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Surveillance Oz: 544,550 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. SCU:Serious Crash Unit: 520,560 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 506,260 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Border Patrol: 458,180 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

SpartacusToddNew Spartacus recruit Todd Lasance says he is “in the dark” over whether his character will be getting a spin-off series.

The former Home and Away actor is playing Caesar in the final instalment of Spartacus: War of the Damned and it was reported last year that a spin-off was a possibility for the character.

“Honestly, we haven’t had any specific conversations about where Caesar will go or what will happen in the future,” says Lasance. “I’m kind of in the dark. But it’s certainly something I’d look at if the opportunity presented itself.”

He went on to say that his character makes quite an entrance to the show, bathing with three naked women in episode two. Continue reading »

DoctorWho2013The latest rumour doing the rounds regarding the Doctor Who 50th anniversary TV special is that all eleven past Time Lord’s will return to feature.

The Birmingham Mail has caused quite a stir this week by reporting that the eleven actors will return – even the three dead ones thanks to digital trickery – for the celebration this year.

However, the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, tweeted that he has not been approached for a TV appearance.

“Alas apart from The Big Finish (audio drama) plans I am not aware of any 50th stories nor have I been approached,” Baker tweeted.

Baker, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Tom Baker and Paul McGann are already on board to record the anniversary audio adventure. Continue reading »

Is this ad for fast food newcomer Carl’s Jr really all that bad?

The “sex sells” angle is as old as the hills and we see it in ads every night, so what’s different about this one?

The Tui  ads target the male audience in the same manner as Carl’s Jr are doing here (and here).

The operator of the franchise, Russel Creedy of Restaurant Brands, appealed the rulings by both the Commercial Approvals Bureau and the Advertising Standards Authority to ban the ad in New Zealand.

Creedy appealed on the grounds that the ad would only air after 8.30pm, citing the amount of explicit content already on TV after that time.

Would you object to seeing this ad on TV?

gareth-morganGareth Morgan’s appearance on Campbell Live last night speaking of his vendetta against the cats of New Zealand sparked an interesting debate on Twitter.

Morgan is arguing that cats are to blame for the disappearance of our native wildlife and says they need to be phased out so other species can thrive.

He told Campbell Live: “Your cat does a lot of damage, so if you want to love him, fine.  But keep him in your house.  If you let him onto my property, I want to have to right to trap that cat and get rid of it, because I would rather have the skinks, the geckos, the lizards, the birds anytime over your cat.” Continue reading »

VoiceBlakeCrow to mentor on The Voice

Sheryl Crow has joined The Voice as a guest mentor to aid Blake Shelton. “I’ve been friends with Blake for a few years now and am honoured he invited me to be an adviser on The Voice this season,” Crow told ET Online.

Glau joins Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0 has signed Summer Glau to play a guest role in an upcoming episode. The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles actress will play a woman who is hunting down her father’s killer. Continue reading »

TOP OF THE LAKEJane Campion’s new TV mini-series Top of the Lake has been praised following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival overnight.

The seven-part series, which features Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss in the lead role, received positive reviews from the major American entertainment publications and websites such as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Vulture.

The six-hour series screened in its entirety at the festival (with one intermission and one short lunch break) with Campion joking beforehand that she would give out “I Made It Through Top of the Lake at Sundance” badges to all attendees following the screening.

In their review, The Hollywood Reporter likened the series to other popular crime-and-family-driven television series of recent years, saying it’s “right up there with the best of them”. Continue reading »

band-of-brothersSteven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are having another crack at a WWII miniseries.

The pair, who worked on Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010), are developing a new HBO series that will explore the aerial battles of the time.

The untitled project will use the non-fiction book ‘Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany’ by Donald L. Miller as source material.

Both Spielberg and Hanks will serve as executive producers with Hanks’ Playtone and Spielberg’s Amblin Television production houses. Continue reading »